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I’d love to say that I kept track of just how much rain we’ve had this year, be that in inches or days with measurable rainfall, or even consecutive days of measurable rainfall. But I didn’t. So you are just going to have to trust me on this one when I say this has been […]

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Last week Monday, 30 day old Araucana chicks arrived. These are the birds made famous by Martha Stewart, aka the green egg layers. We ordered them specifically for those green eggs, but not just because they are pretty (which they are). Our first chick order (and subsequent replacement order) in 2010 was a variety pack. While […]

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Other than some cold nights in January, winter decided to sleep in until March this year. We saw our only substantial snowfall here in Central Virginia – twice. I’m almost never one to complain about snow, and Alston finally got to use the sled Santa left him for Christmas, but it did feel a bit […]

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Hmmmm, where to begin? Chickens Last time I spoke of the chickens, I think the new chicken coop had just been completed. Unfortunately, that coop suffers from some major design flaws, the biggest of which is that it is simply too small for 30 chickens to roost in comfortably. The ladies solved this by some […]

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Before the farmer babes left, they built us a pretty sweet new chicken tractor. The chickens had been living in a greenhouse, but the girls wanted to use the greenhouse for it’s intended purpose, meaning we needed to relocate the hens.  Will bought the back half of a pick up truck off a neighbor, and […]

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I thought it might be interesting to cover 2011 animal by animal to look back on the past year in farming.  At worst, this year in review will be extreemly helpful for me to figure out our plans for 2012.  I’ll start with chickens, as let’s face it, they are the gateway animal to homesteading. […]

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